The Complete Moodle User Guide
What is Moodle LMS?
Moodle is the world’s most popular and most used learning management system. It’s easy to see why. The Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) is a flexible, open source and free to download learning management solution. With 100 million users (and growing) and over 100,000 Moodle sites deployed worldwide, this user-friendly eLearning platform serves the learning and training needs of all types of organizations in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Moodle was developed by Martin Dougiamas, who grew up in the Australian outback in the late 1970s. Dougiamas was educated via the School of the Air— correspondence schools in the remote areas of Australia whose curriculum was largely delivered by radio, indoctrinating him in distance learning at an early age.
Moodle 1.0 was officially released in 2002 and originated as a platform to provide educators with the technology to provide online learning in personalized environments that foster interaction, inquiry and collaboration. In private Moodle sites, educators, trainers and employers can create and deliver online courses to help their audiences achieve their learning goals.
Today, Moodle is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes outside of the education community. Most commonly, Moodle is used by businesses, corporations, hospitals and non-profits for training, online learning and in some cases it is used for extended business processes. Here is a brief list of everything we’ve seen Moodle being used for:
- Compliance Training
- Onboarding and Related-training
- Competency-based Training and Management
- Workplace Safety Training
- Online Learning and Continuing Education Opportunities
- Online Course Development
- Product and Service Launches
- Communities of Practice and Communities of Expertise
Why is Moodle the World’s Best LMS?
With 100 million users worldwide and growing every day, Moodle is hands down the most widely used learning management system (LMS) by organizations of all shapes and sizes. “Moodlers” love the system not just because it’s so widely used but because it is user-friendly, highly flexible, configurable, feature-rich and well supported throughout the world.
Moodle is Customizable & Flexible
The Moodle LMS software is free to download and is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Moodle code is open source which means that anyone using it can review, change, modify and redistribute it if they want to. While some Moodle site owners choose to support Moodle completely on their own, others outsource specific tasks to Moodle Hosting Service Providers because it is more cost-effective.
With an almost infinite number of customization options, Moodle can have exactly the functionality and features that you want, along with the flexibility to adapt as things change in the future. It can be a complex and time-consuming task to reach the full potential of Moodle’s open-source nature all by yourself.
Not only is it more cost-effective to outsource to a Moodle Hosting Service Provider, but it also means you will be receiving expert Moodle help for a fraction of the cost of doing so in-house. Below is a list of services that Moodle Hosting Service Providers typically offer:
- Managed Moodle Cloud Hosting
- Moodle Implementation and Set-up
- Moodle Integrations
- Moodle Plugin Installation
- Moodle Themes (incorporate your logo & colour scheme)
Get Real Insight Into Your Learners, Courses, and Teachers
Learning management systems like Moodle and Totara Learn generate mountains of data but typically have limited reporting and analytics capabilities. Moodle only enables the ability to generate standards reports for certain subsets of data, but not all of it. Many companies choose to extend these stock capabilities by adopting a tool such as Zoola Analytics to gain access to ALL of the learning data in their LMS. With Zoola Analytics it is possible to:
- Create compelling visualizations, including tables, charts, and cross-tabs
- Bring your views and reports together into stunning, filtered dashboards
- Work from over 30 pre-configured views, reports, and dashboards connected to your LMS
- Schedule, share and embed insights with anyone in your organization
Moodle Never Stops Improving
Being an open source project, Moodle is a collaborative effort and is supported by a strong global community. A large benefit of open source software is that the code is open for scrutiny. This means that developers from all over the world can access the code, and modify it to continually enhance the software and make it more secure.
It also means that the code is scrutinized by actual Moodle users. The benefit of this is that Moodle is constantly being updated by people who understand what users need for a better user experience.
The final benefit of using a LMS that is driven by one of the largest open source teams in the world is that there is an endless amount of learning resources. Within Moodle’s Community Forums, you have the ability to connect with other Moodle users and find answers to your questions. With just under 300 million forum posts and over 72 million Moodle learning resources, chances are your Moodle question will never go unanswered.
Backed by Moodle HQ
Moodle’s open source project is managed by a dedicated team at Moodle HQ with a head office in Perth, Australia and satellite offices around the world. Moodle HQ is made up of a diverse group from around the globe, with different backgrounds and opinions who are all committed to working on new features and keeping Moodle updated. The Moodle HQ team consists of over 50 team members in 10 countries who speak 20 different languages. MoodleMoot conferences are held around the world, with a focus on encouraging collaboration and sharing best practices of the open source learning platform.
MoodleMoots are attended by keen Moodlers who are presenters and members of the Moodle community, Moodle users from around the world, Moodle Partners and sponsors. Visit MoodleMoot to find chapters worldwide.
Moodle Will Do Exactly What You Need
Moodle has been adopted so widely because it is configurable, highly-flexible and feature-rich. On top of being able to modify Moodle’s open source code, there are over a thousand Moodle Plugins available that enable Moodle to be configured so that it performs exactly the way you like.
With over 1,000 Moodle plugins developed by the global community, learners, managers and administrators have the opportunity to flourish in an environment that makes learning collaborative, engaging and fun.